So, we have all got to start… somewhere. And Untrustworthy is, in a way, where I got started. For it is my first-ever published work!
Just Where Did My Ideas for Untrustworthy Come From, Anyway?
Well, the very start of all of this was the idea of NaNoWriMo. I wanted to be able to write something that I could, perhaps, shop around to a publisher. But at the time, I was only writing fan fiction.
That was, if I recall correctly, 2012. So, I bided my time a bit.
In 2013, the idea leapt into my head and I could not shake it. I put together an outline and was ready for November 1st and my first ever NaNoWriMo.
The World of NaNo as a Novice
As a newbie, and a kind of hardworking over achiever, I overwrote every day. But not by too much. And as the story started to wind down, I came to the realization: I am not going to have enough words.
That was kind of terrifying.
But then, I had an epiphany of sorts.
Epiphanies ‘R’ Us
I had very little description of Caboss. And so, I made a decision. The city would have some more to it.
So, I hit upon the idea of a central river. Almost like the Charles River in Boston, or the Danube River dividing Budapest, it would be a mark of going from one place to another.
And, a lot like the wrong side of the tracks in towns cleft by the railroad, there would be a marked difference between the two banks.
It got me to 50,000 and a publishing deal. So, here we are.